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SHTF with a SKS

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Soke, Aug 12, 2008.

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  1. Soke

    Soke Member

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    Would you rather have it configured for stripper clips or a 10/20/30rd magazine? And why?
     
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  2. Speedo66

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    Everyone says the extended mags don't work.

    I think that answers the second question.
     
  3. LeibstandarteAdH

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    they dont work (the extended mags other than the chinese "star" 20 rounders), and stripper clips are fast enough for me.
     
  4. res45

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    The 10 Rd. factory mag works every time it's just hard to improve on that. If I wanted to go to 30 Rds. I would just get a cheap AK to begin with.
     
  5. smee781

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    Tapco

    Check out the Tapco 20 rounders, I have had outstanding luck with them and zero failures.
     
  6. jdc1244

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    Clips, for the reasons noted - with clips you can maintain a respectable rate of fire.
     
  7. elmerfudd

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    I'd go with stripper clips. The way I see it, the reason you're using an SKS for SHTF in the first place is because you're not made of money. The stripper clips should work well enough for a civilian defending his home and you can get several hundred rounds loaded on them for very little cash. You can also keep them loaded for as long as you want with no worries about spring fatigue and they're lighter and easier to carry than duckbill mags.
     
  8. res45

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    Only thing to remember about the Tapco mags is that the bolt has to be open when you insert or remove the mag unless you have done the bolt modification. You also have to deal with 922 when you remove the original mag. If you have trouble with the 10 Rd clips make some fives they load easier. Good for the old 5 Rd hunting mag if your state requires one.

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  9. Mongrel

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    Strippers...

    They're dependable.

    They're light weight.

    They're cheap.

    They're less bulky than a magazine so it's easier to carry more ammo in less space.

    They're disposable.

    They're what the rifle was designed for.

    They're springless.

    Stock magazines...

    Don't get hung up on furniture and underbrush.

    Don't interfere with shooting from the prone position.

    Don't draw unnecessary or unwanted attention.

    Don't require any effort to top off.

    Don't get dinged up in the pouch when you trip and fail to work.

    Don't get lost.

    Don't lend themselves to "spray and pray" tactics.
     
  10. kingpin008

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    Throwing my hat in the ring in favor of plain ol' stripper clips, for all the reasons already mentioned. Why mess with a perfectly functional system?
     
  11. woodfiend

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    The best setup for a SKS I have ever seen was my uncle's Chinese SKS. It was a paratrooper version with a Chinese military 20 round magazine that he installed. It was fixed and you loaded it with strippers. It even had the Chinese star on the side of the magazine. This gun was fast, light, affordable and it looked nice. It also had a bayonet. He sold it though so I don't have any pictures and I doubt if you could get one of those magazines again but dang that was a great rifle.
     
  12. bannockburn

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    I've got to agree with res45; if you want the firepower of the 30 round mag, then get an AK variant. Other than that, stick with the stripper clips.
     
  13. goon

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    Strippers all the way.
    The detachable magazines for them are often low quality ones that don't work so well.
    Plus, what do you really gain?
     
  14. dispatch55126

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    IMO, stripper clips are always the best option. They neatly hold your ammo. They are not required to load/shoot your gun and they are reusable.

    This isn't to say mags are bad. I now have an AR as my SHTF rifle. However, even in this case, all of my ammo is on strippers. For a given space, you will always have more ammo on strippers than in mags.

    Also, if you damage your detachable mag, you are SOL. With a fixed magazine, you will probably break something else before you break the mag.
     
  15. Avenger29

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    There's a new detachable metal mag out there that actually works.

    Only thing about it, is that the cost of the mags is so high, you might as well have bought a WASR, SAR-1, or Siaga instead.

    Really want detachable mags? Buy an AK.

    Want to stick with the SKS? Use the standard magazine with stripper clips. Practice.

    One more thing. Some of the Chinese SKSs, maybe the SKS-D? use AK mags.
     
  16. W.E.G.

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    If you survive the first engagement, you can probably upgrade anyway.

    If not, it won't matter.
     
  17. tomh1426

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    Id have to go with stripper clips and a fixed mag too in a SHTF situation
    If Im just out messin around I really like the Tapco 20 rd mags, I have yet to have a problem of any kind, you can even loadem with stripper clips if u want.
     
  18. telecaster1981

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    I'm on board with the stripper clip guys as well. I like them for all of the reasons stated above and the fact that I can use the same stripper clips I use for a Mauser to feed my O3-A3, FN49, or 1917 Enfield. In fact, I loaded over 500 rounds of '06 and 8mm onto stripper clips yesterday and 300 rounds of 7.62x39 a few weeks ago.
     
  19. Drgong

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    Stripper clip, it is a reliable system that just works...

    If you want a big clip, I guess get a AK..
     
  20. EShell

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    LOL, ain't that the truth.

    +3,983,678 for strippers and the milspec factory mag.
     
  21. lloydkristmas

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    10 rounder all the way.

    Part of the reason the SKS is nice for SHTF is that it isnt as glaringly "evil" looking as some other choices. Sure, this logic is buying into the antigun method of judging a gun by its looks rather than its function, but it seems to me that an SKS slung over the shoulder (or a Mini 14, 30-30, M1, M44, etc) doesnt quite have the same connotations as an AK, Ar15, G3, etc. Sure some guns have it beat in terms of capacity, but like another guy said, all you have to do is survive the first firefight ;)
     
  22. Ben Shepherd

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    On the tidal wave here.

    Stripper clips, and a factory 10 round mag. WORKS. EVERY time.
     
  23. dvcrsn

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    Stripper clips for all reasons stated--plus it helps reinforce the revolver/bolt action thinking--all I have is 10 rounds at a time--make them all count--even in a major riot situation--if people in the mob are being hit with every round--it would tend to make the rest think.
     
  24. esmith

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    Couldn't agree more. Gotta love them strippers.
     
  25. RockyMtnTactical

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    An SKS-D or SKS-M would be great. However, fixed and detachable mag SKS's would probably be suitable so long as they are reliable.
     
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